A California federal judge threw out a lawsuit Tuesday that accused the University of California, Los Angeles of flouting copyright law by streaming educational videos online, rejecting an educational video producer's argument that its latest complaint adequately backed up an infringement claim.
U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall dismissed the second amended complaint from Ambrose Video Publishing Inc. and trade group Association for Information Media and Equipment with prejudice, a little more than a year after dismissing a prior incarnation of their complaint but allowing the plaintiffs to amend their claims.
The defendants, a group that includes the Regents of the University of California and several individuals, said the second amended complaint was “longer and more confusing” than the prior complaint and didn't remedy the deficiencies the court identified the first time around.
“This is a complete victory. UCLA is very pleased that the court dismissed, with prejudice, this lawsuit, which challenged its ability to stream previously purchased video content over its intranet to UCLA students. This order confirms what UCLA has long believed: that streaming previously purchased video content over its intranet for educational purposes is not a copyright violation or a violation of any contract,” said Keker & Van Nest LLP's R. James Slaughter, an attorney for the defendants.
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UCLA was represented by Jamie Slaughter, Bob Van Nest, Dan Jackson, and Michael Kwun of Keker & Van Nest LLP.